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Prescriber Checkup

SUSAN PARSONS MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,469Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 47

$800K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 47

355 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Ohio
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 355 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 355 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,992 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 30.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Ohio
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 807 806 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 517 513 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 496 495 3 7
LISINOPRIL 489 473 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 482 472 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 457 447 6 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 395 376 7 12
JANTOVEN 359 307 8 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 354 351 9 14
TRAZODONE HCL 348 345 10 22
GABAPENTIN 347 345 11 11
NAMENDA 343 324 12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 340 340 13 10
SIMVASTATIN 330 316 14 5
MIRTAZAPINE 327 327 15 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 308 304 S3 16 8
BUSPIRONE HCL 245 240 17 81
SERTRALINE HCL 235 221 18 15
METFORMIN HCL 196 181 19 16
OLANZAPINE 193 193 20 73
TRAMADOL HCL 178 176 21 13
KLOR-CON M10 173 173 22 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 170 159 23 46
VITAMIN D2 167 167 24 167
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 164 152 25 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 160 26 45
MIDODRINE HCL 156 156 10 27 144
CARVEDILOL 152 152 28 21
CALCITONIN-SALMON 150 150 29 203
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 149 30 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 147 147 31 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139 139 32 39
ATENOLOL 133 133 33 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 122 34 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 121 121 35 90
CLOPIDOGREL 120 120 36 32
GLIPIZIDE 120 120 36 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 116 116 38 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 111 104 39 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 110 40 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 105 41 29
FAMOTIDINE 102 102 42 65
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 101 98 43 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 97 44 19
DIGOXIN 96 96 45 48
VENLAFAXINE HCL 95 94 46 129
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 93 47 24
LANTUS 88 82 48 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 88 48 71
KLOR-CON M20 88 87 48 38
CEPHALEXIN 85 84 51 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 82 52 52
LAMOTRIGINE 82 64 52 150
EXELON 81 76 54 44
MEGESTROL ACETATE 80 68 R 55 187
NOVOLOG 74 63 56 56
OXYCODONE HCL 72 70 S2 57 36
CLONIDINE HCL 72 72 57 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 70 59 75
PLAVIX 70 70 60 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 61 212
LIDODERM 66 66 61 50
TRICOR 65 53 63 206
GALANTAMINE HBR 64 64 64 194
SPIRIVA 63 63 65 69
RANITIDINE HCL 63 62 65 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 61 67 51
LOPERAMIDE 60 59 68 158
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 56 69 200
NYSTOP 57 57 70 89
LATANOPROST 54 54 71 121
HALOPERIDOL 54 53 71 88
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 53 52 73 301
NEXIUM 53 53 73 47
LYRICA 52 52 75 77
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 51 75 119
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 52 52 75 224
DETROL LA 51 51 78 155
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 51 78 109
FENTANYL 50 49 S2 80 55
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 50 80 63
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.